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New Building with New Beginnings

August 10, 2017 Posted in: B-Corporation, Coffee, Community, Local, News & Media, Roaster

This is not just an article about a building or a business, it’s an article about the caffeinated soul of this brand and years of love over this magic bean we call coffee. A bean that not only brings life (EVERY MORNING), but one that sparks ideas and passion. One that provides energy and invigorates….

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Renewing Prosperity With Project Congo

A better world is being formed out there - and we want to share it with you. We’ve sourced a fine coffee through Cooperative Coffees and the Muungano Cooperative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This 89-point offering has a lemongrass tingle, a deep dark chocolate flavor, and a pleasant bergamot acidity. But this coffee is... Read More

The Good Neighbor

June 29, 2017 Posted in: Cafes, Local, News & Media

This June we started using 100% local, organic milk! Now, not only do we have certified organic whole milk, but also our skim, 2%, and half&half are organic as well thanks to our neighbors at Working Cows Dairy. For us this is cause to celebrate! Working Cows Dairy, like Amavida Coffee, is a family with a strong…

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The Lost Creek

It’s a hot, balmy afternoon in August and I just got home from work. I needed to check my email, which at times can be a process because as a Waterkeeper, you have several email accounts. Some are set up for information, some are set up to report pollution and others are set up for…

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Decision-Making and the Actions of a B Corporation

November 30, 2016 Posted in: B-Corporation, Community, Environmental Stewardship

Perhaps one of the most exciting parts about being a B-Corporation is the company we keep. More often than not, the missions these companies take on are larger than life and are often done in a way that rarely attracts much attention. Because doing good for the sake that it is the right thing to…

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Cooperative Coffees: A Coffee Family

October 5, 2016 Posted in: Coffee, Community, Sourcing, The Amavida Family

When you think of what a family is, what is your first initial thought? Maybe your mom, dad, a sister or a brother? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines family as a “specific group of people that may be made up of partners, children, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.” Although there are many definitions of what…

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Coffee. Community. Culture. Chiapas.

March 28, 2016 Posted in: Coffee, Community, On the Ground, Sourcing

We arrived in Chiapas, Mexico late on Sunday, January 10th, 2016 and stayed in the region until early the following Sunday, the 17th.  Amavida Coffee’s founder, Dan Bailey, operation manager, Colt Austin, my fiance, Mischa Pawlik and I were there on a delegation with the nonprofit On the Ground Global (OTG). We were there to…

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Whole Greater Than Its Parts

February 11, 2016 Posted in: Community, Events, Fundraising, On the Ground

Running 40 miles is an absurd distance. Just consider for a moment what 40 miles is. That is, on average, 80,000 steps or 211,200 feet. If the average person started walking that distance, it would take about 13 hours to complete. For the 40 mile run I am referring to, unlike other long distance races,…

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Rebuilding Women’s Hope in the DRC

October 28, 2015 Posted in: Coffee, Community, Fundraising, On the Ground

Rebuilding Women’s Hope in the DRC, a profile of founder Marcelline Budza In May of 2015 I traveled to the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a member of On The Ground’s Run Across Congo to run 7 marathons in 7 days across the country. With every step I had to will myself to…

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Bailey Miller Art Show to Benefit Nicole Paloma’s #Love_Sewn

October 8, 2015 Posted in: Art, Cafes, Events, Fundraising, Local

Amavida Coffee – Rosemary Beach is proud to host Perfection is a Moving Target, an art exhibit by Bailey Miller from October 8th – November 18th. 100% of proceeds from this exhibit will go to Nicole Paloma’s #Love_Sewn, which works to promote personal growth and sustainability both for homeless women and women recovering from addiction. Mission:…

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Solstice Runner: Casey Tindell

August 19, 2015 Posted in: Coffee, Community, Fundraising, News & Media, On the Ground
PROJECT CONGO On The Ground’s Project Congo concentrates on gender equality and women’s empowerment initiatives in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In the DRC, the inferiority of women has always been embedded in the social system, and starvation, lack of healthcare, and rape are just a few issues that Congolese women face daily. Since... Read More

Solstice Run Fundraiser & Virunga Film Screening

November 20, 2014 Posted in: Community, Events, Fundraising, Local, On the Ground
You are invited to a unique fundraising event and film screening on December 6th at 6:00 PM. The event will take place in the most recent project by architect Faisal Syed, a beautifully designed home in Rosemary Beach. Admission is just $20 and every bit of it is donated directly to the Winter Solstice Run participant of... Read More

Amavida Coffee and Tea’s First Annual Latte Art Competition

June 4, 2014 Posted in: Art, Brewing, Cafes, Coffee, Events, Local

The best and most experienced Amavida Coffee baristas were invited to compete in the First Annual Amavida Coffee and Tea Latte Art Competition: Jacob Thompson, Brian Hamrick, Sarah Shoot, and Phil Mercer. Smack talk began as soon as the competitors were notified, and all hands were busy practicing for the big day; May 17th, 2014…

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The Class of a Lifetime: My Trip to Chiapas, Mexico

May 1, 2014 Posted in: Coffee, Community, Fundraising, On the Ground, Sourcing

Ohana Student Travels to Chiapas, Mexico From the beginning of my Entrepreneurship class with Amavida, I understood the creation of Café Pura was to raise funds to travel and give water to the indigenous people of Chiapas, Mexico, but the extent of what was awaiting me was unfathomable. This experience was beyond what I could…

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A Life-Changing Trip to Chiapas, Mexico

April 17, 2014 Posted in: Coffee, Community, Fundraising, On the Ground, Sourcing

Getting up before the day starts to begin the long journey to Chiapas, Mexico, I frantically sort through my clothes trying hard to narrow down what to take. I don’t know what to anticipate as I stand in line, sit, and wait. The weight of my carry-on digging into my right shoulder, no cell service…

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Ohana Institute’s Cafe Pura

Cafe Pura consists of four high school students- Sophie, Hannah, Carlton, and Coy- of the Ohana Institute in Rosemary Beach, Florida. These four students are undertaking an enormous challenge as a part of their Entrepreneurship class; they are working to create and run a non-profit organization. The goal of Cafe Pura (meaning “pure coffee”) is…

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Seth and May at Ohana Institute

January 18, 2013 Posted in: Community, Events, Local

The Ohana Institute in Rosemary Beach, Florida was a hotspot of kindness today as singer/songwriter duo Seth and May played their first show of the weekend for this year’s 30A Songwriters Festival. The students at the Ohana Institute were teeming with smiles and welcoming gestures, clearly excited about their guests. I was welcomed many times,…

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Clean Water Projects – Life Changing Work

To all, Mexico is amazing. Working on clean water projects is even more amazing! This is my first blog post and it is little intimidating, because I do not consider myself a great writer. Please indulge me as I express some of my views and feelings about our travels, growers, community, environment, and the wonderful... Read More
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